The Finnish duo gives us a sneak peek of their new artist album with this classy slice of electro trance. ‘Let Go’ is a canny vocal record, and while it has a few expected EDM flourishes, it holds back on too much of the excess in exchange for a delicious progressive groove. Super8 & Tab impress with trance that’s melodic, driving and slick, both classy and main stage ready.
Another old duo return but unlike Camp Lo, Lil Fame and Billy Danze stick with what they know has worked in the past and emerge better because of it. Exec-produced by Premo, '187' is produced by Lil Fame's production alter-ego Fizzy Womack and threads a whole load of shouting (cos let's face it M.O.P have always been ACE shouters) under a brutally simple loop from Tears For Fears' 'Head Over Heels'. Not a lot else to it, but mygod it works a treat, retains even with their age a real sense of menace and hooliganism that puts a big sloppy snarl on your face. The EP this comes from, the soon-come 'Street Certified' drops on Halloween and should shit you up all the way till Xmas. Welcome back nutters.
Label boss Sync 24 kick-starts a new collaborative project by teaming up with The Exaltics. ‘Ten Years in Ten Days’ is all moody bass and subsonic bleeps, while ‘Vacuum’ is even more powerful thanks to its pummelling low-end. The Exaltics then takes over and lends ‘Ten Years’ a deeper, more melodic feeling, while the German producer’s ‘Bad Trip’ remix of ‘Vacuum’ sees dark acidic lines sprayed over murky, robotic vocals
In upping the tempo, the pads and the lushness for their debut on Kelpe’s DRUT imprint, Bulgarian duo 1000 Names have created a whole new life for themselves that — if I’m brutal — trades more on palatability than it does the ingenuity of their earlier hip-hop leaning material that I was such a sucker for all those moons ago. It’s all very balanced, sun dappled and sweetly listenable but something about it just feels a little too… safe.